Sunset Beach Campground

Santa Cruz County

Sunset Beach

Campground at Sunset State Beach, CA

Sunset State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

Visitors to the Santa Cruz - Monterey coast find a wide variety of attractions from popular surfing destinations around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast.

  • Surfing is popular at Santa Cruz's famous Steamer Lane as well as to the south at Carmel
  • Excellent pier fishing can be enjoyed at Santa Cruz's well developed wharf as well as at the Capitola's pier and the popular Seacliff Beach pier and concrete ship.
  • For wildlife and scenery, Point Lobos State Park leads the list. There are also many more wonders to be enjoyed all the way down the Big Sur coast.
  • Attend the Begonia Festival on Labor Day weekend at Capitola Beach
  • Visit beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove
  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
  • See the green sand and the spectacular rocks at Pfeiffer Beach

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife
  2. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. In the campground they must be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Fires are only allowed in park fire rings.

Sunset State Beach Campground

Sunset State Beach in southern Santa Cruz County has long been a popular camping destination. Visitors to Sunset Beach enjoy big, rolling waves, miles of sand to walk, trails, and a few surprises such as the glider port for remote control model gliders. Whale watching from atop the bluffs is popular in the winter.

Sunset's campgrounds are up on the bluffs, sheltered from the wind. Most campsites are among the trees. Sunset Beach has 85 campsites, divided into 3 sections - Dunes Camp, Pine Hollow Camp, and South Camp. Nine of the campsites are limited to RVs or trailers and another 11 are tent-only sites. The rest can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There is also a Group Campsite and a Hike & Bike campsite.

Campground Basics
Location: 4½ miles west of Watsonville; San Andreas Road exit off Hwy. 1, go south to Sunset Beach Rd
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 90
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (one driven and one towed)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (831) 763-7062

Reservations available South Camp and Group Camp are open to reservations year-round.
Dunes and Pine Hollow are only open from mid-March through October.
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival.
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 31 feet
wheelchair accessible Sites: #33, 38, 53, 80
Fees: Standard sites - $35
Hike & Bike - $5 per person
Reservations: Sunset Beach Campground Reservations
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Sunset Beach Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, grill, fire ring, food storage locker, no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water, amphitheater
Showers: Hot showers, coin operated
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Sunset Beach Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Sunset Beach with sunbathing, picnicking, surfing, fishing; nearby Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos, Seacliff Beach, Manresa Beach

Sunset Beach Group Campsite

Sunset Beach has a group campsite which can accommodate from 9 to 50 people and 10 vehicles. The group site is south of the Pine Hollow Camp.
Fee: $335 per night
Reservations: Sunset Beach Group Camp Reservations

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